Four fresh cases of swine flu have been reported from Patiala, Barnala and Bathinda. While two confirmed cases were reported from Patiala, one each is from Bathinda and Barnala.
The Barnala and Bathinda patients have been shifted to Ludhiana for treatment where another four swine flu patients are undergoing treatment. Of these, two belonged to Ludhiana district, one each to Jalandhar and Moga.
In Punjab, two persons from Amritsar and another from Nakodar have died of swine flu.
Other than the two confirmed cases, another patient in Patiala is showing signs of swine flu. The condition of the three women patients from Patiala is critical and they are undergoing treatment at different hospitals.
Patiala’s chief medical officer (CMO) Dr HS Bali said the patients found positive with the virus have been identified as Sonam Kapoor, 50, a resident of Maharashtra, and Harcharan Kaur, 46, of Kheri Mania village in Patiala district. Bali said Sonam had come to Patiala to attend a marriage and was diagnosed positive with virus on January 30. “Her condition is critical and she has currently been put on ventilator at a local private hospital,” Dr Bali said.
Another patient Harcharan Kaur, who tested positive for the flu, is under treatment at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and has been put on ventilator. “Harcharan approached the doctors at the PGI, which later informed us about the case of flu from Patiala village,” Dr Bali said.
Vimal Kaur, a resident of Sangrur, has also been sent to the PGI for further investigation. The unpreparedness of Rajindra Hospital came to fore as they referred Vimal Kaur to the PGI without waiting for the test report. As many as seven deaths were reported in Patiala in 2013, with another 22 confirmed cases.
“The civil hospitals at Rajpura, Nabha and Samana have been directed to constitute 5-8 beds isolation wards, besides arranging all the required medicines to deal with flu cases. Moreover, the Rajindra Hospital authorities have been instructed to make arrangements for ventilators and 10-12-bed isolation ward,” Dr Bali said.
In Bathinda, a villager who had travelled to Rajasthan a few days back has tested positive for the flu. High number of swine flu cases has been registered in Rajasthan in the past one month and it is believed that the patients picked up the infection from there.
Pargat Singh of Mehraj village of Bathinda district was admitted with symptoms of swine flu at private Adesh Medical Hospital Bathinda but was later shifted to Ludhiana.
According to authorities, the Rapid Response Team to tackle swine flu is active in the district. The team also visited Mehraj village to make villagers aware of the swine flu symptoms. An isolation ward is also in place at the civil hospital in Bathinda.
The death of a woman was reported in Bathinda due to swine flu in 2013 and total four cases of swine flu-infected patients had come to light during same year.
Panic after 2 deaths
Panic gripped Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, following the death of two patients who had symptoms like those of swine flu. The two patients -- one from Gurdaspur and another from Tarn Taran -- were in the isolation ward and were thought to have died of swine flu on Monday night. However, the medical test reports of the two patients, which were received on Tuesday evening, confirmed that the two did not have the swine flu.
Two deaths due to the flu have already been reported from Amritsar.
The city at present has one suspected swine flu patient who has been admitted to a hospital. This is the ninth such case in the past few days. The development has spurred the health officials into action, with the Director Research and Medical Education (DRME) convening an emergency meeting with the doctors in the city on Tuesday.